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ACT NOW - Celebrate and protect the UK's Very Important Trees

The UK’s Trees of Special National Interest have shared a unique bond with people, nature and the landscape for centuries. Imagine the stories they could tell!

We call these trees Very Important Trees (‘V.I.Trees’). They are living monuments which continue to make an important contribution to our culture and history as well as our landscapes.

But that’s not properly recognised. They’re not even fully protected from development! Battlefields and stately homes have more protection than our oldest and most special trees.

Success for England’s ‘Very Important Trees’

After almost two decades of campaigning, with your help we have secured changes to planning rules in England. Ancient trees and woods now have the highest possible protection from development. Read more in our blog about changes to England's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
We still need to work hard to ensure planning policy is enforced at a local level and that national infrastructure is delivered in a manner sensitive to our special trees and woods, but this is wonderful news.
The government's amendments to the NPPF means England's most important trees and woodland habitats are given the protection they deserve from insensitive and unnecessary development. At the same time, the new Ancient Tree Inventory now lists Trees of Special National Interest (TSNI).

Help celebrate and promote these special trees

Get involved with our annual Tree of the Year competitionThe national contest throws the spotlight on the UK’s best trees to help drive up interest in their value and protection.